Blushes & Blues: Which are you?

As one of the biggest trends for Spring, the question begs to be answered: Which are you? Blush is forever a flattering and feminine color that emerges Spring after Spring as a must wear color. Varying shades of blue have dominated the runways and now instagram/fashion blogger scene! Personally, I am loving both of these trends, but tend to lean more towards the blue for myself!

Check out all the Blushes & Blues available at Garish Gal!

Blues

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Blushes

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Upcoming Blues Available in March–>

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SO, which are you? Blush or Blue?

Post your pick on our last instagram picture!

xo-

M

Comfy Cozy in Chicago

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Vest // Leggings (Coming to Garish Gal SOON!!–You can also try these!) // Top

Disclaimer–I am shy in front of the camera! BUT–I love this super warm and cozy fleece lined vest! Also, this black top is an amazing piece. I wear it ALL the time. It is easy to wear to work and a great piece to throw on for date night! THE BEST part of the whole outfit–these amazing liquid pleather Spanx leggings. These bad boys SUCK you right in and feel amazing. I have been LIVING in them. Garish Gal will have these in SOON! They are worth every penny & I can’t wait to add more pairs to my closet! The Jack by BB Dakota version in stock now are equally great. They have a really cool pattern to them and look amazing on. They are also a little more budget friendly than the Spanx leggings.

Happy Shopping, loves!

xo-

M

 

 

Fun for Fall

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 Garish Gal Feeny Jacket //  Olive Key Hole

Loving this layering combo & these Fall colors for the perfect pair. I love pleather jackets, they are a MUST have in your closet. The Jack by BB Dakota pleather jackets are some of the best quality, longest lasting, and easy to maintain. I am always bringing pleather jackets into the boutique ever single season from them, because I firmly believe there is a perfect pleather jacket for everyone!

Happy Shopping, loves!

xo-

M

 

Garish Gal is TWO!!

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Two years of being in business. 

I would be lying through this keyboard if I said that statement doesn’t bring tears to my eyes. Owning a business is the best and hardest thing I have ever done. The sacrifices and stress seem to be endless, but then again so do the rewards.

When I started my business, I had really low self esteem. I was coming off of some major life changes and honestly didn’t know who I was or what I wanted. In the back of my head I had this aching feel that I wasn’t smart enough to do this. That I wasn’t good enough & that I was wasting my time and money.

Garish Gal has so proved me wrong in so many ways, but I think this is the most important. Not only has Garish Gal given me confidence I didn’t know possible, but it gives other women confidence. I started the business with the intention of reaching out to the outcast–that person who doesn’t necessarily mesh with what society or a small town says is acceptable. I guess I have always been that person–usually described as weird, or as I like to think, Garish.

I love when a woman comes into Garish Gal for the first time and finds something she loves, but is scared to try. There’s nothing quiet like that moment when she comes out of the fitting room and sees herself for the first time. That moment she realizes she looks great & can rock that which seemed impossible a few minutes before. She walks out of that little enclosed cargo trailer, bag in hand, with a new found confidence in her heart.

That to me, is worth everything. 

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I want to thank everyone who has made Garish Gal what it is today. I don’t have the capacity to thank every single person in this post, but if I could I SO would.

Allie Ault, I don’t know what I would have done this year without your help! You love my business like I do & that is so incredibly special to me.

Marlee, you little beauty you, I love that I have such a great ambassador modeling Garish Gal clothes on the website. You saved me from having to do it myself (which I HATED) so I am forever grateful.

My Mom, Dad, & Grandpa for being my drivers, stand in help, support, and advisors. The moment I told you all I wanted to start a business, you were there offering any help AND you still are. I demand a lot and you all have an amazing way of meeting those demands no questions asked. I love you all to the moon & back a billion times.

I know I am forgetting people, so I am sorry if I miss you! BUT know I am beyond grateful for you!

LAST, but certainly not least, Thank YOU –all of my amazing customers. There wouldn’t have been a year 2 if you weren’t so supportive of GG! To thank you, use promo code 2CUTE for 30% off all day today.  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

Praying for another amazing year of blessings & success! Thanks for allowing me to do what I truly love. 


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xo-

M

Phil. 4:13

Fresh For Fall

FALL FASHION IS MY FAVORITE FASHION

In case you can’t tell, I love fall fashion. Shockingly, I don’t love Summer. I hate to sweat and I don’t like wearing shorts–at all. So my Summer wardrobe involves A LOT of dresses.

However, as it is now AUGUST, I am officially allowing myself to reach for my Fall transitional pieces. Yes Ladies, that means fur vests, flowy dresses, and booties. I couldn’t be happier.

So as you could assume, Garish Gal fashion is at its’ best during the Fall. I go overboard with great Fall pieces that can easily transition into Winter. After all, Garish Gal is about great wardrobe staples that you can wear all year around.  So let’s dive into some of this Fall’s upcoming trends you MUST invest in.

  1. The Colors: Olive Green & Oxblood

We have seen these colors really start to stick for Fall year after year, which isn’t surprising because these two are great for almost any skin tone. I LOVE olive green (or military green) because it really accentuates my green eyes and tan.  Oxblood is a beautiful deep plum color that screams Fall to me. I love how great it looks with tan OR black booties. Both of these colors pair well with denim, which is obviously important. Below are two of my favorite options available at Garish Gal right now.

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Olive Kimono $28                                                  Wine Lace Kimono $38

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Open Shoulder Plum Dress $45                     Wine Turtle Neck Dress $38

2. (Faux) Fur Vests 

I live in Faux Fur Vests from Fall into Winter. I love how a fur vest can dress up an outfit and also add a little edge. I love adding a fur vest to a shift dress to create a shape and break up the straight up and down of a shift. I also love that it keeps me a little extra warm on the chilly days. Garish Gal has A LOT of options when it comes to fur vests. I strongly believe that each fur vest works differently with particular outfits and looks.

The ivory faux fur vest is supposed to look a little more elegant and soft. I had this the first Fall/Winter I was open and it was the first item I ever SOLD OUT of. So I am loyal to this particular style. It looks great dressed up over a dressier dress during the holidays or with a sparkly short for a holiday party.

Then there are two versions that are meant to look more like fur without actually being a real fur. One is a cropped version, which I love over flowy dresses or rompers. This version is going to look super cute without being overbearing or too much.  It also looks great with a flowy top and denim.

Finally, the third faux fur vest is a longer-real looking fur. This longer version is great for leggings or denim! I love how you can wear this version so casually every single day (don’t judge me if you see me do this!).

Figure out which look you are going for and check out the below options. These faux furs are low maintenance and great quality so they won’t look ragged like cheaper versions. Invest in quality like these and you will be able to wear for years to come.

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Ivory Cordova Vest $52

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Belting Fur Vest $54

3. Plaid

I love the deep, dark, rich colors in the Fall plaid’s for Garish Gal. I don’t do a whole lot when it comes to plaid with GG, because plaid will be all over in every store. That being said, I do like to make sure they are special pieces–like the plaid long maxi. I love that it is a great transition piece and looks amazing with booties. This is the ultimate Fall look to me. Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 11.30.41 AM.png

Carraway Plaid Maxi $68

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Fremont Plaid Shirt $48

4. Pleather

Have I mentioned how much I love Fall Fashion? Pleather is another MAJOR FAVORITE of mine. I wear pleather/leather all year around. Whether is is pleather shorts in the Summer, (P)Leather leggings in the Spring, or  a (P)Leather jacket for Fall & Winter, I am always wearing and adding to my collection.  I love the edge it adds to my look, it gives me a confidence I can’t really explain. Essentially, it is a way to wear my sassy without having to be sassy all the time.  When it comes to pleather, I am always looking for the best quality, so you will only find the best pleather in Garish Gal. If you want to be able to wear something for years to come, a good pleather is necessary. Otherwise you will find yourself buying new pleather jacket to replace the old instead of buying a new version or color.

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Feeny Dark Elm Pleather Jacket $68

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Roddy Pleather Legging $54

5. Geometric Prints

Geometric prints are a great way to add a little pattern to your look. If you’re like me, you usually stick to the basics and solids.  I love adding this vest over a pair of leggings to make my look a little more fun. I REALLY love this intarsia geometric aztec wide body sweater is AMAZING with leggings! This is one that I am REALLY excited to wear ALL Fall/Winter long–so sorry in advance. Finally, this reversible intarsia cape is EVERYTHING. I love that you can wear it more than one way with more than one look. If you get tired of one side, just flip it inside out and wear the other version. SO you actually have 2 capes for the price of 1. This will be another Fall/Winter Staple for me as well. The quality with these geometric print sweaters and vests is GREAT. Have fun with these prints and bring some vibrance to your look!

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Belatrix Geometric Vest $58

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Neville Geometric Sweater $58

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Severus Cape $72

Obviously there are a lot more Fall trends I could touch on, but these are my favorites that are available in the Garish Gal Fashion Truck RIGHT NOW!

You can shop 24/7 at the online Garish Gal Boutique!

x0-

M

 

Summer Salsa

IF you are like me, you have an undying love for Summer & Mexican food!! I literally never tire of eating chips and salsa, guac, & tacos!! So when I recently attended a friend’s party & fell in love with her salsa, I insisted on having the recipe. Since then I have made it twice and it has been a hit each time! An added benefit–it is actually not so bad for you! I made mine with all organic ingredients (except for 3 ingredients)!

So spice up your Summer & 4th Of July Parties with this Confetti Salsa!

What you Need:

  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Orange Bell Pepper
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • 4 Stalks of celeby
  • 2-3 Jalapeño Peppers
    • Clean and Chop up the above ingredients! Fair warning: If you dice them all up by hand it takes FOREVER! This last time I used a food chopper and it was AWESOME! It saved me SO much time!
  • 1 can of Pinto Beans
  • 1 can of Black Eyed Peas
  • 1 can of White Corn
    • Drain & Rinse the above canned ingredients. Combine in a large bowl with the first set of ingredients.
  • 1 cup of Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 cup Cider Vinegar
    • Bring these two ingredients to a boil. Once boiling, add 1/2 cup of white sugar and stir until dissolved! Pour over all ingredients & chill. Drain before serving!

 

I hope you enjoy this Summer Salsa as much as I do! Let me know how yours turns out!

AND Happy Fourth of July!

xo-

M

 

Summer Wedding Wear

If you are like me, you are starting to get to the age where your calendar is quickly filling up with summer weddings! It’s weird that I am finally at this age!

I always feel pressure (specially owning a fashion boutique) to find the perfect dress to wear. I also feel like I cannot wear the same dress in the same wedding season (too much overlap!!). So if you’re like me–check out these super cute dress options for Summer weddings.

Maxi’s

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I love this maxi for a more casual wedding! Add a statement necklace & you are set!

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This sweet maxi is PERFECT for a casual wedding! I love how light, feminine, and pretty this maxi is!

Sexy Dresses

Hey Single guys go to weddings too! Don’t be afraid to rock the sexy dresses below & maybe catch the eye of a cute groomsmen!

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Fit & Flare– Fit and Flare dresses are extremely flattering! If you aren’t feeling a tight bodycon dress, this is a great and super flattering option!

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All of these looks will be available on the website NEXT WEEK 🙂 WOOOO!!

Check out the sale section for some really great dresses for amazing prices!

Have fun at all the summer weddings & don’t forget to tag @garishgal in all your posts ❤

xo-

M

 

Mother’s Day Must Haves

Mother’s Day is RIGHT around the corner & it’s time to find the perfect present for our “No I don’t need anything” mothers!

Let me tell you about my momma!

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She’s my best friend, my twin, my biggest supporter, and my sounding board. She is a strong leader and extremely driven. Whenever I need advice about Garish Gal, she is the first person I call. Her faith is silent and strong, which I love. Her job takes her out of the country quiet a bit and it has made me realize JUST how much I lean on her! She somehow always finds a way to skip sleep and calm my fears even when she’s half way across the globe! She is humble and an introvert–so she’s going to HATE that I posted about her! Needless to say, she is everything I hope to be someday.

I’ve been blessed to have multiple STRONG women in my life. The older I get, the more I realize how lucky I am to be surrounded by such amazing, talented, & loving women.

My mom is the HARDEST person to shop for because if she wants something she purchases it herself! It drives me nuts. Fortunately for me, she wears A LOT of Garish Gal, so I have a few ideas in mind for this years!

Hopefully this guide will help you make your gift giving seamless & easy!

  1. Gift Card– This is the EASIEST gift. Gift your mom a Garish Gal eGift Card by going online and purchasing one! It’s literally that easy. This one is great for dads & sons–the mothers in your life will love it!
  2. Cocoon Cardigan– This is a great gift because it is very easy to wear! Wear to work, over a Summer dress, or with a tank & jeans for a casual look! This cardigan is super versatile and can be worn all year long!

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3. Chevron Fair Trade Necklace– This is the best selling item for Garish Gal. My own mom has it in both colors and wears them at least twice a week! I even steal her gold one from time to time! This necklace is made by female artisans at a fair trade co-op in India! What an awesome way to celebrate women!

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4. Classic Cool Cuff– This is a fun option. Your mom already has the above necklaces in both colors, so check out these really cool (fair trade) adjustable cuffs! These are great because they fit wrists of all sizes!

5. Small-Town Indiana Love– Most of my readers are from Indiana like me! I love this small town Indiana shirt specially after tragedy hit my small town a month ago & I was reminded of just how much I really do LOVE my small Indiana town.  This top is the perfect way to show your small town pride! **These are locally made in Kokomo,Indiana!

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P.S–If you want a direct link to buy these products, just click on the picture! Easy as that!

Happy Shopping & Happy Mother’s Day, Mommas!

xo-

M

 

Derby Looks To Love

Being in the Midwest, the Kentucky Derby is a HUGE event! I went last year for the first time and had an absolute blast! Needless to say, I will be going back again this year! The hardest part is coming up with a cute, fun, and unique outfit to wear with a matching hat!

Here are some great looks to love  +  fun hats that can complete your ensemble!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is my look from last year <3…the Mint Julep & Oaks Lily signature Derby drinks are a must have! (If you are of age!!)

My dress was Clover Canyon that my mom had surprised me with a year earlier. I loveeeeed this dress! So comfortable, beautiful colors, and perfect for Spring at the Derby!

One of my best friends (and her husband) helped me make my fascinator! I had a specific example I wanted to emulate, but couldn’t find it to purchase. My friend convinced me that we could easily make it and I must say we did a good job! It was HUGE and kept falling off my small head, but it fit in at the Derby.

I decided to wear sandals because I knew I would be walking around and socializing more than sitting! We started our day at 7am and it didn’t end until around 10pm! I must say wearing sandals was honestly the best choice I made! Some girls that rocked heels were dying by midday!

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I went with some of my girls I played college golf with! It was a blast reuniting away from the golf course and getting dressed up together!

If you don’t get to go, here are some fun Kentucky Derby Party ideas!

Shop Garish Gal for super fun Kentucky Derby looks!

All of the dresses above are on sale! 😉

 

xo-

M

No Fail Fashion Formulas

Sometimes putting an outfit together can be the last thing you want to do when you wake up in the morning! Don’t worry–I have a few easy no fail fashion formulas for the perfect outfit! Check out how these celebs and fashion icons rock these looks! Then Shop Garish Gal to stock up on these great pieces to build your no fail formula looks!

Edgy Jacket, Skinny Jeans, & Ankle Booties or Heels

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Pleated Midi Skirt, Cute Top, & Heels or Sandals

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** Check out the Garish Gal Instagram (@garishgal) for a few more pleated midi skirt looks I posted for Easter!

A-Line Skirt, Cute Top, & Heels (add a cropped jacket for the chilly days!)

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Track Pants, Cute Top, & Heels or Athletic Shoes

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Loving these looks? Shop the links by clicking on the pictures and it will take you to similar products on the Garish Gal website!

xo-

Maggie